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'PAGE"2 THE GUARD4AN,,NOVEtBER 12, ]982 AT THIS TIME of the year, we sense the movement of nature. The leaves are falling and there is a crispness in the air. It is ap- propriate that our hearts and minds should turn to those who have died and to the life beyond the grave. I always relish the op- portunity to celebrate All Saints Day. Many of our saints are noted for their heroism. Their names are sprinkled over our calendars. Untold millions of men, women and children, however, live in humble obscurity. They are the good mothers and fathers, the good children, devoted priests and sisters who have touched our lives for the good. While they remain unnamed in the books of history, their good works and their holy lives are known to God. On the Feast of All Saints, we honor them, we give thanks to God for them, we renew our efforts to be like them. On Monday morning, I went to St. Mary's in North Little Rock and assembled in the church both with children and with people to celebrate the Feast of All Saints. Even though I was late in arriving, Father Strock, the sisters, the children and the people were patient in waiting for me. It was a joy to celebrate the Feast of All Saints with them. DURING THE DAY, we joined relatives and friends in praying for Father Frank Colavechio. He has served our diocese for more than twenty-five years both as associate, as pastor and as devoted priest. This year, he is the Spiritual Director for the seminarians at Holy Trinity in Dallas. Throughout the day, he underwent surgery for heart bypasses. Thus far, he is in stable condition but does ask for our prayers. In the evening, I joined Sister Theresa and Father Michael Aureli of St. Augustine's in North Little Rock for the journey to their Mission of Holy Trinity in England, Arkansas for Confirmation. Five young people received the gift of the Holy Spirit. We enjoyed the reception with the parish family and returned in the late evening to Little Rock. On Tuesday, All Souls Day, we turned our mind and attention to those whom we have loved and cherished on earth but who are now separated from us by death. On this day, I think of my own mother and father, my brothers and sisters, the manypoople whom I have ministered to during my years as a priest. Unfortunately, this year, we could'not assemble in Calvary Cemetery because of the The00 Identification No. ( US PS L53-320) Published Weekly by 1he Guardian Press, inc. 2500 N. Tyler St., Little Rock, Ark. Entered as second class matter March 21, 1911 at the post office of Little Rock, Arkansas, under the Act of Congress of Marclt 8, 1897. Second class postage paid at Little Rock, Arkansas ST.0G per year in the United States nacla $9.00 Foreign $10.00 PUBLISHER MOST REVEREND AN DR EW J. McDONALD, D.O. Bishop of Little Rock MANAGING EDITOR MR. WILLIAM W. O'DONN E LL, K.S.G. PRIEST.COUNSELOR VERY REVEREND JOHN W. KORDSMEIER, V.F. EDITOR MR. KARL A. CHRIST Address Ail Dertments P.O. Box 7417 FORREST PARK STATION Zip 72217 Telpltte IMI4-0340 Business Hours 8:30 A.M. to 4 P.M. Monday through Friday. Closed on Saturdays, major National Holidays and Holy Days of Obligation. Postmaster: Please send change of address form 3579 to Guardian Press, P.O. Box 7417,Little Rock, At. 72217. I day-long rains. I offered my third Mass in- stead at St. Andrew's Cathedral at 12:05. We prayed for the beloved dead of our diocese, especially devoted priests and sisters. ON WEDNESDAY morning, Mr. Norman Schmuck drove me to the Sacred Heart Parish in Morrilton so that I could offer Mass for the school children. Even before the new church was built, we always held the school Mass in the gym because the church was too small. This was a happy occasion because we offered the Mass in the new church which can accommodate all the children and the parishioners. We welcomed the opportunity to speak to the children and try to bring them closer to the Lord. There was ample time to make a visit to the cemetery and pray at the tomb of our beloved Monsignor Kordsmeier. At lunch time, we visited the sisters at the Conway County Hospital. They are a devoted group and truly give loving tender care to the sick and the dying. Thursday was a day for meetings, especially Clergy Personnel and Clergy Welfare. In the last several weeks, we have lost two priests by death, Father DeBosier See Bishop Speaks on Pg. 5 Editorial From Auschwitz's notorious World War II Nazi prison camp have come countless stories of horror and death -- stories of genocide and all kinds of inhumanity. From Auschwitz also come stories of love, sacrifice, total unselfishness. Such a story is that of Blessed Maximilian Kolbe. Kolbe gave his life for another, volunteering to die in his place. Tales of his heroism have spread throughout the world and on October 10 the church declared him a saint. Christ tells us there is no greater love than to give our life for another. Maximilian Kolbe's love shines as an example for us to follow more than forty years after his death. He led the life we all desire. In his final hour, he was capable of the "greatest" love. --JEM The Southern Cross Diocese of Savannah, Ga. Letters to the Editor T41e Guardian welcomes letters to the editor. Letter writers should strive to be concise and accurate. A letter must bear the writer's signature, but the writer's name wiM be ' withheld from publication on request. Letters will be edited to conform to space requirements and standards of good taste. Complains Dear Editor: You have invited comments. I have numerous ones, but will keep them limited. In this week's issue, Oct. 15th,':the front page headlines are about a special collection for evangelization, a Bishops' booklet on homilies, the Pope urging young people to say the rosary and Mr. Yocum being appointed Fourth Degree Master. On Page 7, after nearly three full pages of letters and other rather insignificant articles, is the account of the death of Father DeBosier. This order of placing articles tells one a great deal about the paper itself. Father DeBosier's death was sudden and tragic and a great many people are affected by it. I would not expect all deaths of priests to have great coverage, but it does seem that in this in- stance, you would have chosen to give it at least equal prominence with a special collection. Since your format changed, it appears you are trying to fill empty space. There is so much blank area. Perhaps you could manage to squeeze in once again somewhere Dolores Curran's column, or Father McBrien's column, or the Know Your Faith series. Any one of these would be preferable to most of what is left. It seems perhaps now the greatest interest is seeing what the readers gripe about -- almost three pages! Carrying letters ad nauseam about liquor ads and columns being bad or against our faith leaves a feeling of "Who cares." Your discontinuance of the only really mind- stirring materials from the Guardian leaves a feeling of "Why bother to print it at all?" Rev. Richard M. Strock North Little Rock Dislikes Obits Dear Editor: In response to your request published in The Guardian that there be responses from the readers concerning the new format: I look forward to The Guardian's arrival each week, as it keeps me informed of the news and activities in my home diocese. For The Editors just this reason, I very much miss the longer format you had been using for the obituaries. The friends I made over the years by means of the High School and College SEARCH programs are now scattered throughout the diocese and some others, like myself, are now out of the state, too. It was much easier to recogniz e their families when more in- formation could be included in these notices. As All Souls Day approaches, I assure you of my prayers for all those who have died, especially Fathers DeBosier and Reynolds. May the Lord continue to bless you and the Diocese of Little Rock. Please sign me A Texas Reader Suggestions Dear Editor: I wish to congratulate you on the decision which has been reached to drop the columns by Father McBrien and Dolores Curran from the paper, also the Know Your Faith series (a more misleading name it would be difficult to imagine) and I trust that this decision will be permanent. Meanwhile, as a means for filling the space left by their departure, may I suggest the addition to The Guardian of the following; who have syndicated columns -- James Hitchcock and Father Paul Marx, head of Human Life International? The latter has a knowledge of the abortion situation as it exists not only, in the United States but in the countries of Western Europe and this knowledge adds a new dimension to the struggle in which we are engaged. James Hitchcock, in addition to his column in The N.C. Register, has a syndicated column as well and he is always interesting in calling our attention to what goes on in the Church today, He has the great advantage over Father McBrien that he is in favor of Papal authority and teaching, rather than being against it. The constant sabotage in which McBrien engages against the Pope is a scandal and should never be allowed to ap- pear in any paper which calls itself Catholic. For replacement of Dolores Curran, why not consider a variety of columns by different women -- Curran always sounds the same See Letters on Pg. 3 Rev. Jerome Kodell, O.S.B. Question: -- in most instances, thi Church now recognizes baptism in Churches as valid; in light of this it be permissible for a Catholic toi sponsor at the baptism of a Protestant ceremony? Also, Protestant be permitted to be a Catholic baptism? A. - The current practice in this been set by the Ecumenical 1967. Two different policies are in e members of the separated Eastern ( and for members of other separated{ Churches. A member of one of the Churches may act as godparent, with a Catholic godparent, in a baptism and a Catholic ma with an Orthodox godparent, in an baptism (paragraph 48). There is a different procedure, with regard to Protestants and Catholic Christians who are not united with us as are the Members of these Churches may godparents, but they may stand Catholic godparent as a "Christia n of Catholic baptism. A Catholic same in a Protestant ceremony. The Directory explains the the reasoning behind them: ception of Eastern Churches, it is missible for a member of a munity to act as godparent in the and canonical sense at Baptism firmation. The reason is that a not merely undertaking his the Christian education of the persOa or confirmed as a relation or also, as a representative of a faith, standing as sponsor of the candidate. Equally, a Catholic this function for a member of a community. "However, because of ties of friendship, a Christian of reunion, since he has faith in admitted with a Catholic Christian witness of the Baptis. parable circumstances, a Catholic same for a member of a munity. In these cases, the the Christian education of the belongs of itself to the godparent member of the Church in which is baptized. Pastors should to the faithful the evangelical and reasons for this regulation, sO misunderstanding of it may be ( paragraph 57). Question: - Have very papal infallibility and proclaimed a result? A. -- Only one Pope, Plus XII, papal infallibility in the precise definition at Vatican Council I proclaiming a dogma of the Assunption, 1950). But many assumed papal infallibility doctrines throughout the Church. The most recent such the definition of the by Pope Plus IX in 1854. Father Jerome invites from Guardian Questions should be Rev. Jerome Kodell, O.S.D., Sublaco, Ark. 72865